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By Allison C. Carey

At the Margins of Citizenship offers a finished, sociological background of the struggle for civil rights for individuals with highbrow disabilities. Allison Carey, who has been lively in incapacity advocacy and politics her whole existence, attracts upon a wide variety of old and criminal records in addition to the literature of citizenship stories to boost a "relational-practice" method of the problems of highbrow incapacity and civil rights. She examines how and why mom and dad, self-advocates, and execs fought for various visions of rights for this inhabitants during the 20th century and the adjustments that came about over that point. proposing the transferring constitutional and felony regulations for this marginalized workforce, Carey argues that regulations are likely to maintain an ambiguity that at the same time can provide rights but additionally permits their retraction.

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On one hand, the government historically has supported the segregation and restriction of people with intellectual disabilities, in part at least to reduce the cost and “burden” of disability for the larger society. However, systems of segregation are costly to maintain, and a tension emerges between the desire to exclude this population and the recognition that some members of this population can contribute to their self-care and to society. Rights then help to ensure that people with disabilities will receive opportunities to contribute to society.

To consider status first, people with intellectual disabilities typically garner little respect or honor in American society. For a host of cultural and structural reasons, they have traditionally been defined as “unproductive” or “non-contributing” (Carey 2003; Trent 1994). This perception of non-contribution is reified by their relatively poor economic, social, and political position. In a vicious cycle, they are seen as inferior and denied opportunities by which to contribute, and this lack of valued contributions then reinforces the image of their inferiority.

For a host of cultural and structural reasons, they have traditionally been defined as “unproductive” or “non-contributing” (Carey 2003; Trent 1994). This perception of non-contribution is reified by their relatively poor economic, social, and political position. In a vicious cycle, they are seen as inferior and denied opportunities by which to contribute, and this lack of valued contributions then reinforces the image of their inferiority. To exercise rights, they must be able to convince at least some people within relevant relational settings that they have the potential to understand, demand, and enact rights.

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